MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brandone Francis plopped down in front of the Texas Tech locker room stalls where Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens were seated, their eyes red and wet as they clasped hands in...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Much like his vagabond coach, Texas Tech's Matt Mooney has undergone a college basketball journey unlike almost any other, from mid-major to out-of-the-way outpost to the...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Virginia and Texas Tech (all times local):
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last game of the long grind of the NCAA Tournament is finally here: Texas Tech, Virginia, a championship on the line.
It's setting up as a clinic on defense. Fans are...
Virginia, Texas Tech meet in National Championship
No. 3 seed Texas Tech (31-6) vs. No. 1 seed Virginia (34-3)
NCAA Tournament National Championship, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis; Monday, 8:20 p.m. EDT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For those who thought Texas Tech only plays defense, it's time to meet Matt Mooney.
While the Red Raiders were locking down Michigan State on one end, the graduate...
Hometown standout Jarrett Culver was the first recruit Chris Beard reached out to when he got to Lubbock as Texas Tech's head coach three years ago.
Perkins laments “bonehead play” in Gonzaga’s loss
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Josh Perkins has accomplished so much over five years at Gonzaga, but a self-described "bonehead play" in his final game is something he will always regret.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Leave it to Texas Tech's Matt Mooney to succinctly sum up Saturday's West Regional final matchup against Gonzaga.
"They're really good offensively and we're really...
Buffalo meets Texas Tech in Second Round
No. 6 seed Buffalo (32-3) vs. No. 3 seed Texas Tech (27-6)
NCAA Tournament Second Round, Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Sunday, 5:10 p.m. EDT
WVU, Texas Tech meet in Big 12 quarters
No. 10 seed West Virginia (13-19, 5-14) vs. No. 2 seed Texas Tech (26-5, 14-4)
Big 12 Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri; Thursday, 6 p.m....
Culver voted Big 12 player of year by league’s coaches
DALLAS (AP) — Texas Tech star Jarrett Culver has been voted Big 12 player of the year and coach Chris Beard has been honored as coach of the year after the Red Raiders shared the regular-season...
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jarrett Culver finally heard something from Texas Tech coach Chris Beard about the eighth-ranked Red Raiders having a two-game chase for the Big 12 regular-season...
Texas Tech looks for home win vs Texas
Texas (16-13, 8-8) vs. Texas Tech (24-5, 12-4)
United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas; Monday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Texas Tech looks for its fourth straight win over Texas at...
TCU faces tough test vs No. 11 Texas Tech
No. 11 Texas Tech (23-5, 11-4) vs. TCU (18-10, 6-9)
Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, Texas; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 11 Texas Tech presents a tough challenge for...
Oklahoma St. looks to knock off No. 11 Texas Tech
Oklahoma State (10-17, 3-11) vs. No. 11 Texas Tech (22-5, 10-4)
United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 11 Texas Tech looks to give Oklahoma...
Ranked teams meet as No. 14 Texas Tech hosts No. 12 Kansas
No. 12 Kansas (20-6, 9-4) vs. No. 14 Texas Tech (21-5, 9-4)
United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two ranked teams battle as No. 12 Kansas visits...
Culver scores 19 as No. 15 Texas Tech routs Oklahoma State
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Texas Tech took its stifling defense up a notch.
Jarrett Culver scored 19 points, and the 15th-ranked Red Raiders defeated Oklahoma State 78-50 on Wednesday night.
Texas Tech, which entered the game ranked second in Big 12 play in scoring defense and first in field goal percentage defense, improved its numbers. The Red Raiders held Oklahoma State to 23 points in the first 26 minutes. It was the third straight game they held an opponent to 54 or fewer points — all wins.
Moretti leads No. 18 Texas Tech past Oklahoma 66-54
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Texas Tech has come a long way since its three-game losing streak last month.
Davide Moretti scored 14 points to help the 18th-ranked Red Raiders roll past Oklahoma 66-54 on Saturday for their fourth victory in five games.
Jarrett Culver had 13 points and Matt Mooney and Brandone Francis each added 11 for the Red Raiders (19-5, 7-4 Big 12), who stayed within striking range of conference leader Kansas State.
No. 8 Texas Tech gets rare win at Texas 68-62
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Tech Red Raiders finally got a win the program hadn't earned in a generation.
Matt Mooney scored 22 points, most of them coming in the second half, and the No. 8 Red Raiders beat Texas 68-62 Saturday for their first win in Austin since 1996.
Back then, both programs were still playing in the old Southwest Conference. Now the Red Raiders are the only team left unbeaten in Big 12 play and looking every bit like a league championship contender.
No. 11 Texas Tech beats K-State 63-57 for 2-0 Big 12 start
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Davide Moretti made a handful of big offensive plays at opportune times, including a big personal run, to spark No. 11 Texas Tech in a matchup of two great defensive teams.
Moretti scored a career-high 19 points and Matt Mooney added 14 to give the Red Raiders enough of an edge to hold off Kansas State 63-57 on Saturday.
No. 11 Texas Tech thumps ACU to close out Coliseum
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech said goodbye to its longtime home with a blowout victory.
Jarrett Culver scored a career-high 30 points, Matt Mooney added 14 and the 11th-ranked Red Raiders raced past Abilene Christian 82-48 in the final game at sold-out Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.
Texas Tech (10-0) called the Coliseum home from 1956-99, and Saturday was the second throwback game in the building. It will close next summer after a rodeo event.
Texas Tech tops Nebraska to win Hall of Fame Classic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Texas Tech made every possession a grind, fought for every loose ball, dominated in the paint and imposed its will on Nebraska in a throwback to the old days of the rough-and-tumble Big 12.
All that fight produced a title in the Hall of Fame Classic.
The Latest: Texas Tech tops Nebraska in Hall of Fame Classic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Hall of Fame Classic (all times local):
Jarrett Culver poured in 26 points, Matt Mooney scored 15 and Texas Tech overcame a slow start to beat Nebraska 70-52 on Tuesday night in the title game of the Hall of Fame Classic.
The Latest: Texas Tech to face Nebraska in Hall of Fame
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Hall of Fame Classic (all times local):
Jarrett Culver and Tariq Owens had 18 points apiece to lead four players in double-figures scoring, and Texas Tech rallied from a big first-half hole to beat Southern California 78-63 in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Classic on Monday night.
Texas Tech blitzes Incarnate Word in 2nd half of 87-37 win
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard wasn't too pleased with the first half in the opener of the encore to the school's first Elite Eight season.
There wasn't much to complain about after halftime.
Jarrett Culver scored 16 points, Matt Mooney had 12 points and six assists and the Red Raiders outscored Incarnate Word by 41 points in the second half of an 87-37 victory Tuesday night.
Culver scores 16, Texas Tech rolls past Incarnate Word 87-37
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jarrett Culver scored 16 points, Matt Mooney had 12 points and six assists and Texas Tech opened the encore to the school's first Elite Eight season with an 87-37 victory over Incarnate Word on Tuesday night.
The Red Raiders outscored the Cardinals 48-7 in the second half, holding Incarnate Word to 10 percent shooting (3 of 30) after halftime.
Texas Tech Preview-Capsule
Last season: 27-10, reached NCAA Elite Eight for first time in school history
Nickname: Red Raiders
Coach: Chris Beard
Conference: Big 12
Who's gone: Keenan Evans, Zhaire Smith, Niem Stevenson, Zach Smith, Tommy Hamilton IV and Justin Gray.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — South Dakota graduate Matt Mooney is transferring to Texas Tech, where the guard will be eligible to play immediately next season.
Texas Tech coach Chris Beard announced Mooney's signing on Tuesday.
Mooney started all 68 games the past two seasons at mid-major South Dakota, where he averaged 18.7 points, 2.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds a game while shooting 36 percent on 3-pointers (152 of 423). He scored 31 points in a game at TCU last season.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Matt Mooney scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting to help No. 2 seed South Dakota beat third-seeded Denver 76-58 on Monday night in the Summit League Tournament semifinals.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Matt Mooney scored 20 and second-seeded South Dakota beat seventh-seeded Omaha 87-73 in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament on Saturday night.
The Coyotes (25-7) led by 27 in the first half and easily held on to advance to a Monday semifinal matchup against Sunday's Denver-Oral Roberts winner.
South Dakota scored the first seven points of the game and had additional first-half runs of 12-0, 6-0 and 10-0 to lead 44-17.
South Dakota State tops in Summit, beats South Dakota 76-72
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Mike Daum scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, David Jenkins Jr. added 18 points and a key 3-pointer late, and South Dakota State beat South Dakota 76-72 on Thursday night to win its first outright Summit League regular-season championship.
The Jackrabbits shared the title in 2012-13, 2014-15 and 2015-16 and will be the No. 1 seed in next month's Summit League Championships.
Mooney with 28 points leads South Dakota past Omaha 79-64
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Matt Mooney scored 28 points and South Dakota beat Omaha 79-64 on Saturday afternoon.
The Coyotes (24-6, 11-2 Summit League) are on a six-game streak and are a half game behind leader South Dakota State (23-6, 11-1) in the conference standings. The two teams meet on Thursday to decide the conference championship and the No. 1 seed at the upcoming Summit tournament.
South Dakota jumps out in 2nd half, beats Oral Roberts 85-67
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tyler Hagedorn had 20 points and 10 rebounds and South Dakota opened the second half on a 31-8 run and beat Oral Roberts 85-67 on Wednesday night.
South Dakota (23-6, 10-2 Summit League) has won five straight and a Division I program-best 23 games. The Coyotes have two games remaining, and are a half-game back of league leader South Dakota State (10-1). The two meet in the regular season finale on Feb. 22.
S. Dakota takes down NAIA-member Peru St. 98-55
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Brandon Armstrong scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting and Tyler Hagedorn added 19 and South Dakota beat NAIA Peru State of Nebraska, 98-55 on Sunday.
South Dakota dominates Fort Wayne in 86-69 victory
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Triston Simpson and Matt Mooney each scored 17 points and South Dakota defeated Fort Wayne 86-69 on Thursday night in a game in which the Coyotes never trailed.
South Dakota (21-6, 9-2 Summit League) built an 11-0 lead in the first three minutes and cruised from there. Bryson Scott put Fort Wayne on the board with a free throw and a layup before South Dakota went on a 10-0 run, including a pair of 3-pointers by Brandon Armstrong, to make it 21-3.
South Dakota fends off North Dakota State 76-72
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Matt Mooney scored 21 points, Triston Simpson and Nick Fuller 13 apiece and South Dakota fought off a furious second-half rally and beat North Dakota State 76-72 on Saturday.
South Dakota knocks off South Dakota State 87-68
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Matt Mooney scored 30 points and South Dakota snapped South Dakota State's eight game win streak with an 87-68 victory on Wednesday night.
Hagedorn leads South Dakota over Omaha 85-71
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tyler Hagedorn scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds and South Dakota beat Omaha 85-71 on Saturday night.
Hagedorn was 8 of 17 from the field — including 3 of 4 from distance — for the Coyotes (17-5, 5-1 Summit League), winners of their last three. Matt Mooney added 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals and Nick Fuller had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Mooney with 19 points, South Dakota beats Oral Roberts 82-70
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Matt Mooney scored 19 points with five assists and four steals and South Dakota beat Oral Roberts 82-70 on Wednesday night.
Tyler Hagedorn added 14 points and five rebounds for the Coyotes (16-5, 4-1 Summit League) who have won four of the last five. Tyler Peterson had 13 points and Triston Simpson and Nick Fuller had 11 apiece.
The team was 27 of 49 (55 percent) from the field and was 21 of 25 (84 percent) from the line.
South Dakota wins Summit road opener, tops Fort Wayne 68-58
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Trey Burch-Manning, Tyler Hagedorn and Tyler Peterson each scored 12 points as South Dakota won its first Summit League road game of the season, downing Fort Wayne, 68-58 on Thursday night.
South Dakota swept the home-and-home season series last year and has won three straight against the Mastodons for the first time in the series.
Hunter leads North Dakota State over South Dakota 84-79
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Cameron Hunter scored a career-best 35 points to lead North Dakota State in an 84-79 win over South Dakota in Summit League action on Saturday.
Hunter was 9 of 12 from the field, made all five from distance and was 12 of 14 from the line for the Bison (9-7, 1-1) who pick up their first Summit League win. Paul Miller added 24 points with six rebounds and six assists.
Mooney leads South Dakota over Western Illinois 62-50
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Matt Mooney scored 11 of his 14 points in the final 4:16 to help South Dakota pull away and beat Western Illinois 62-50 on Wednesday night for its third straight win.
The Coyotes (14-4, 2-0 Summit League) have won seven of their last eight games since a 16-point loss to then-No. 1 Duke on Dec. 2. They have defeated Western Illinois (8-5, 0-1) in four straight and eight of the last nine games dating to the 2013-14 season.
Mooney sparks South Dakota past Denver 82-71
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Matt Mooney tossed in 20 points with six steals and South Dakota breezed to an 82-71 victory over Denver in a Summit League opener on Saturday.
Triston Simpson scored 17 for the Coyotes (13-4), who won for the sixth time in seven games. Reserve Tyler Peterson added 13 points and five rebounds, while Tyler Hagedorn scored 11 with five boards.